What this world has become is something so undefinable and sometimes scary that I don't think anyone would make it without the belief in something bigger than themselves and people in general.
In her spirited one-woman show, "DiffiCult to leave," Roslyn Cohn uses song and narrative to recount her Scientology experiences. Alternatively hilarious and moving, the show is a first-hand account of the before and after of life in a cult... perhaps the largest, and most powerful, cult in contemporary times.
Is religion an immature wish-fulfillment, a denial of our mortality, an abrogation of our human responsibilities, a sentimental lullaby for those unwilling to face harsh realities?
In my opinion, Atheists want to be well-informed. They want to know what the other side is saying, and then what they're saying next.
Surely we are to put away certain childish things when we get older. But if we lose all of who we were when we were children -- the wonder, unfettered imagination and ease of faith -- we lose sight of our essential selves.
Why do the militant atheists insist on this intellectual dishonesty? Maybe because confrontational language and side-splitting satire help them make their case.
Lineage and religion -- they are killer topics. It's not easy to escape religious roots. No one makes their own choice at birth regarding religion, yet ancestry and religious rules decide a lot.
Secular and religious fundamentalists seem to overlook the reality of our actual situation: we are specks on a tiny planet
After watching your movie Religulous, I was quite disappointed with your depiction of religion as a whole. I don't believe that you were truly out for answers but only to poke fun and mock.
If I want to hear the administration's position I'll go on its website. I don't need a wide-eyed cheerleader echoing what the President's saying. Bias is bias.
There's nothing like a Bill Maher sneer to puncture the pieties and moral certainty of the deeply religious. I spoke with him about religion, its followers and the release of the Religulous DVD.
Bill Maher's documentary exploring religion, "Religulous," is out of Oscar contention after being left out of the final 15
Michael Savage blames Obama's win on affirmative action, Brian Kilmeade fears for Bill Maher's eternal soul, and the war on Christmas has already started over at Fox News.
Faith is not about hatred and exclusion -- those are perversions of the deepest religious truths. The religious life is not about pretending to know with certainty, it is about living with deep humility.
Maher holds a black-and-white world view that demonizes religion in the same way that some religious fundamentalists demonize those who differ from them. He is a secular fundamentalist.
Bill Maher's new film "Religulous" is important -- not because I agree with Mr. Maher's opinions, but because I find his fundamental mission to call into question the certitude of all organized religions monumentally necessary. I'd even say it was God's work.
A question I've been asked by my Catholic friend is what's Jewish Dogma? While he keeps insisting it exists, my answer is
I'll put on my Hollywood hat just for a moment so I can lead a chorus of righteous laughter at the colossal failure of the persecuted Hollywood conservatives behind An American Carol.
Watch the trailer for "Religulous," starring Bill Maher.
Maher's examination of religion (including his own religious past) is remarkably candid and sympathetic toward the victims of religious mythology.